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February 2020

The Shifting Role and Impact of Diplomacy in a World in Disarray

The World Affairs Council of Austin welcomes Nicholas Kralev, Executive Director of the Washington International Diplomatic Academy, who will discuss the shifting role and impact of diplomacy in a world in disarray. Nicholas Kralev is an author, journalist and entrepreneur specializing in diplomacy and international affairs, whose work of more than 20 years has taken him to almost 100 countries. He is the founding executive director of the Washington International Diplomatic Academy, an independent organization that provides practical professional training…

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March 2020

Ireland: Creating Space for Business to Grow

Texas and Ireland share a rich history of political, economic, and commercial relations. Texas exports $580 million worth of goods and services to Ireland annually, an impressive amount relative to the country’s population of 4.8 million people. With a GDP of $383 billion in 2018, Ireland is one of the most open, and export-driven economies in the world and the gateway to the European economy. The Celtic Tiger’s GDP increased by 4.3 percent in 2019 and is projected to increase…

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  • 27th March 2020 - Friday
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America’s Air Force: An Overview Featuring Lt. Gen. Marshall B. Webb

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED   The World Affairs Council of Austin is honored to have Lt. Gen. Marshall B. “Brad” Webb provide an update on U.S. Air Force operations.   Lt. Gen. Webb is the Commander, Air Education and Training Command, at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. He is responsible for the recruitment, training and education of Air Force personnel.  This presentation will provide attendees with a review of U.S. Air Force efforts to meet current and emerging challenges on…

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April 2020

  • 22nd April 2020 - Wednesday
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The Firebird: The Elusive Fate of Russian Democracy

EVENT POSTPONED DUE TO EUROPEAN TRAVEL LIMITATIONS   The World Affairs Council of Austin, the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute, the Kozmetsky Center of Excellence at St Edwards University, and Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Sudies at the University of Texas are pleased to present the Kennan Conversation with Andrei Kozyrev.  Mr. Kozyrev will provide attendees with an eyewitness account of the collapse of the Soviet Union, the struggle to create a democratic Russia in its place, and how…

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May 2020

  • 7th May 2020 - Thursday
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CxC Amplified Week of Global Issues Webinar Programming

World Affairs Council of Austin members have access to several daily webinars during the week of May 4th including: 4th Ambassador (ret.) Bill Taylor, EVP, U.S. Institute of Peace, and Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine 5th Global Leadership in Crisis featuring General (ret.) David Petraeus, Chairman, KKR Global Institute 5th Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking featuring Lynn Sanchez, The Life Link 6th UN Women Global Champion for Innovation featuring Dr. Nina Ansary,  Visiting Fellow, The London School of Economics Center…

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  • 28th May 2020 - Thursday
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Condoleezza Rice among featured speakers in May

Additional programming during the month of May — 26th at 6pm COVID and AI Impact on Japan’s Economy featuring Nagasaki Yuta, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) 28th at 2pm Pandemics and Peace – The Road Ahead featuring Nancy Lindborg, President and CEO, US Institute of Peace 6:30 pm Build a Better World featuring Condoleezza Rice, Former US Secretary of State, and Philip Zelikow, Former NSC and State Department Counselor Please follow and like us:

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June 2020

  • 25th June 2020 - Thursday
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Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates among Speakers in June

June — 4th at 1pm Iran Sanctions featuring Former Ambassador Thomas Pickering & Yar Batmanghelidj // 10th at 7pm Hollywood in the Age of Coronavirus: A Conversation with Colleen Bell featuring Executive Director of the CA Film Commission and former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary  // 16th at 9am Federalism in Crisis? U.S. and German Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic featuring Meryl Justin Chertoff, Executive Director of the Georgetown Project on State & Local Government; Felix Knupling, Vice President at the Forum…

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US and Iran: Sanctions, Oil and the Global Pandemic

The World Affairs Council of Austin, in partnership with the World Affairs Council of San Antonio and the World Affairs Council of South Texas, invite you to a conversation on the current situation in Iran.  This program will feature Dr. Paul Pilar, Iran Project and Dr. Sussan Siavoshi, Trinity University.   Please follow and like us:

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July 2020

Utilizing the Austin-area Foreign Trade Zone in Turbulent Times

Companies dependent on imports as part of their global supply chains are increasingly concerned with the ongoing volatility of the global trade environment. US trade actions have already imposed penalty duties on Chinese goods, many European goods, and steel and aluminum products, and additional activity is underway which could significantly impact supply chain costs, including: The imposition of US Sections 232, 301, and 201 tariff measures Replacement of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) US…

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  • 31st July 2020 - Friday
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H.E. Dirk Wouters, Ambassador of Belgium to the USA among featured speakers in July

July — 13th at 3:15pm Making Sense of a World in Crisis — Through the Eyes of a Foreign Policy Expert featuring Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations // 16th at 10am Intelligent Manufacturing in Europe Series featuring Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and Czech Republic // 16th at 1pm Qatar and the Gulf Crisis featuring Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, Fellow for the Middle East at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and an Associate Fellow of Chatham House’s…

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